Daniel Zimnikov: Madonna’s concert in Russia threatened after singer defends imprisoned punk band Pussy Riot

The controversial singer said that she stands behind the band members’ freedom of speech

Madonna

Madonna

Following hot on the heels of a controversy surrounding her decision to use swastika imagery as part of her touring show, Madonna has gotten herself into hot water once more by speaking out in defense of imprisoned Russian punk band Pussy Riot – while in Russia.

During Tuesday’s show, the button-pushing singer donned the band’s trademark balaclava and stripped down to reveal the band’s name painted on her bare back.

Pussy Riot, made up of three young women – Maria Alokhi, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22 and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29 – is currently facing up to three years in jail after staging a “punk prayer” against Vladmir Putin in a Russian Orthodox cathedral in March.

Madonna2

Madonna2

According to the New York Times, Madonna took advantage of a pause in her performance to address the topic.

“I know there are many sides to every story, and I mean no disrespect to the church or the government,” she began. “But I think that these three girls – Masha, Katya, Nadya – I think that they have done something courageous. I think they have paid the price for this act.

“And I pray for their freedom.”

As a result, the U.S. Embassy issued a statement Wednesday warning fans to be cautious and alert when attending Madonna’s St. Petersburg show Thursday.

“The U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg has received information regarding a threat of physical violence against spectators and performers at the St. Petersburg concert on Aug. 9 …Russian authorities have indicated to the Embassy that they are taking appropriate measure in light of this information.

“While we expect that enhanced security measures will be put in place at both concerts, U.S. citizens are reminded to remain vigilant regarding their personal security, and to be aware of their surroundings at all times, especially in crowded areas.”

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